Books: When Half-Gods Go

THE GODS ARRIVE—Edith Wharton— Appleton ($2.50).

Edith Wharton lets one of her characters say: "I'm rather in a difficulty about you American novelists. Your opportunity's so immense, and . . . well, you always seem to write either about princesses in Tuscan villas, or about gaunt young men with a ten-word vocabularly who spend their lives sweating and hauling wood. Haven't you got any subject between the two?" The Gods Arrive, like all Wharton novels, is a pat answer to this petulant query: its people and problems...

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